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close this bookBetter Farming Series 18 - Bananas (FAO - INADES, 1977, 27 p.)
close this folderDescription of the banana plant
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View the documentApparent trunk
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View the documentFlowers
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View the documentDigging the planting holes
View the documentPlanting the suckers

Planting the suckers

For planting, use suckers (see page 4). Take them from banana plants that are between 3 and 6 years old. These suckers should be between 50 centimetres and 1 metre high and broad at the base. Let them dry in the shade for 3 or 4 days before planting them.

Just before planting them, trim them at a point 50 centimetres from the base of the plant and dip them in water in which potassium permanganate is mixed.

Plant at the end of the dry season, so that roots grow before the rainy season begins, and the suckers do not rot.

Two months earlier, you made the planting holes. You separated the soil at the bottom from the soil at the top. You put compost in the holes.

At planting time, take the compost out of the holes. Put the soil from the top into the bottom of the hole, place the sucker in the earth. The base of the sucker is now 10 centimetres from the surface of the ground. Put compost round the young plant. Put the bottom soil on the ground surface.